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A proposed waste and recycling transfer facility on 11.5 acres of land east of I-25 has drawn criticism from Parker residents, who live across Chambers Road from the site, since they were made aware of the proposal during the summer. Residents have expressed concerns about noise, smell, traffic and rodents. The property is in northern Douglas County, and residents in Parker fear their property rights and quality of life will be jeopardized if the project continues.
“They're going to have a conflict on their hands,” said Parker resident Mitch Maulik. “I don't see anything positive about it.”
According to Scott Eden, president and CEO of Mountain Waste and Recycling and owner of the proposed site, the company will be going forward with the project, and he hopes residents will come around to what the facility would actually entail, which he says would help the community and environment.
“We will be proceeding with the site. We're going to take our time and be effective in our response to the county, and however long that process takes is however long it takes,” said Eden.
Eden said he understands the concerns of residents, and wishes they would take more time to learn about what the transfer facility would do. The company also plans to build its headquarters at the site.
“First and foremost, I'm not sure people really understand what it is we want to build,” he said. “It's been incorrectly called a landfill, or a dump. It's really a place where materials come in and go right back out. There are no piles of trash to cause a smell or pose a problem with rodents. There's a similar facility in Cherry Creek and most people don't even know it's there.”
And, according to Eden, his motivation is environmental.
“We're also going to be able to address something that's kind of the next important thing — diverting waste from landfills,” he said. “I have been a serial recycler since 1988. It's expensive to recycle, and if you dedicate yourself to being someone who wants to divert stuff from the landfills, you have to build facilities that can help solve the problem. We'll be able to offer recycling to a whole new area of Parker.”
Maulik is an opponent of the facility, and has organized residents to speak out against the proposal, both at public hearings and through regular emails to Douglas County planning officials protesting the facility.
“I don't see the any benefit of any aspect of this in our community,” said Maulik. “The last correspondence we had said surrounding businesses were prepared to have legal counsel pursue it as much as possible.”
Maulik is not alone in his thoughts. More than 150 attended a Sept. 6 meeting organized by Maulik and his wife, including Parker officials and state Rep. Kim Ransom, R-Acres Green. Attendees had a long list of concerns, including increased truck traffic, loud noise and decreased property values.
“There is going to be a truck in and out of there every two to four minutes. Right past the Broncos training facility,” said Maulik.
While neither party is backing down, the ultimate decision is up to Douglas County. The land of the proposed site has been zoned for this type of facility since 1998, and although the Town of Parker has grown up around the area, including across Chambers Road, the zoning has not changed.
Eden maintains his proposal does fall under the category of “use by right,” and he will persevere.
“We're working through this process where some people don't want us” he said. “But in the long run, we're trying to help a larger population down there, as well as the environment."
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